Abilities with a Twist

Promises Made

Promises Made

In our church service last week, we had a baptism. A brand new beautiful baby girl whose mother grew up in our church family. Our congregation made...

Kicking off DSAM

Kicking off DSAM

Kicking off Down syndrome Awareness Month 2018 "DSAM" in a completely different way than I ever have before. So many thoughts about where our lives...

Letting Go...a little bit

Letting Go...a little bit

Nervous Nelly. That’s a term our mom used to use when we were kids. I’m not sure anyone actually still uses it, but it describes me perfectly ear...

School Communication and IEPs

School Communication and IEPs

It’s that time of year again…IEP time. Lord knows we had NO CLUE what this term meant eleven years ago. We learned…as IFSPs morphed into IEPs when ...

World Down Syndrome Day 2018 - 3/21

World Down Syndrome Day 2018 - 3/21

In less than one week, World Down Syndrome Day will be celebrated!  March 21 (3.21) is significant as it represents the third copy of the 21st chro...

Preparing for Employment at an Early Age

Preparing for Employment at an Early Age

But what about those with disabilities? Statistics aren’t great. An article by Fortune Magazine in 2017, states that “Only 35% of U.S. civilians with disabilities between the ages 18 and 64 had a job in 2015, compared to 76% for people without disabilities”, according to a report from RespectAbility, an advocacy group for Americans with disabilities.

Therapy Begins

Therapy Begins

As the creators of the Toothbrush Pillow are finding out (new parents of a little one with Down syndrome), therapy for our children is a world in a...

“Function-ability”

“Function-ability”

I guess “function-ability” is a word? Not long after Caleb was born, we started getting questions about his “functioning level”.  What level was he...

Sticks and Stones

Sticks and Stones

“Sticks and Stones can break your bones, but words can never hurt you.”  Honestly…who ever came up with that?  We all learn early on that words can...

Awareness Raising in Public 2.0

Awareness Raising in Public 2.0

Following up on a post from May, about Down syndrome in public (Awareness/Education), where I talked about our experiences out in public – shopping...

Born This Way

Born This Way

When I first heard rumors of a television show featuring young adults with Down syndrome, I was curious.  Having worked with this population previo...